Former NHL Goaltender & Olympian Shares His Mental Health Journey
Corey Hirsch claimed his spot in sports history a long time ago with 14 seasons in hockey as a professional goalie and an Olympic silver medalist but his heart and mind now is helping others struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as he did.
A big part of Corey’s life is now speaking to others about his experience in dealing with OCD while in the NHL and how you can deal with it.
A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Corey began to realize his dreams after the New York Rangers drafted him in 1991. He was an active roster member in New York when the team won the 1994 Stanley Cup and was traded in 1995 to the Vancouver Canucks. This is where Corey spent most of his NHL career while attempting to battle and hide his mental health problem.
Cory went to coaching NHL goaltending for high-level NHL players and prospects for six seasons with both the St. Louis /blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. He now is a broadcaster, working as a Vancouver Canucks radio color analyst for Sportsnet650.
He spends a lot of time as an ICBA health and wellness ambassador and speaks passionately to all age groups and demographics about the subject. He relates his personal story and offers ways for anyone to improve their or their employee’s mental health. His dynamic and powerful story can apply to many situations in life that anyone can use.
Along with that, Corey assisted in the creation of the CAMH Game Changers program which aims at providing youth with mental health information. He authored the book The Save of My Life: My Journey Out of the Dark, which gives an in-depth look at someone coping with mental illness.
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